Arts & Culture

The Importance of Local Music `

Have you ever felt uninspired by the world around you? I know I have. Growing up in Southern Maine, I feel like everyone has been telling me to move on or get out. Although I do plan on experiencing living in another place, I have been feeling a certain sense of local pride. Recently, I’ve been going out of my comfort zone, and experiencing more things in my area. This is due in part to also creating the “Have You Heard” calendar for The SMCC Beacon. I never really realized how much of a local scene there was, especially in the context of art and music.

Sequela at The Apohadion. Photo Taken by the Author

I always felt like Maine was a really insular place, that it has this notion of being “behind the times.” However, I think that if you really expose yourself to what’s happening here, you would find that there are a lot more interesting things happening under our noses, pretty much all the time. Sure every scene can have a bit of gatekeeping, perhaps it seems a little inaccessible. I have found out recently that if you just go to events you will be bound to meet like minded people. It’s kind of like trusting the Universe, and I promise I won’t be getting all metaphysical while writing this. Really though, if you go into these events without an expectation besides “I am here to experience and have fun” then you will probably have a really rewarding time.

Recently, because of shows I’ve been going to, especially at local venues such as The Apohadion, Sun Tiki Studios and Space Gallery in particular, you will find that there are plenty of opportunities to interact with others. These venues are very personable and you will find open minded people who are willing to have a conversation with you. One of the hardest things I’ve had to come to terms with is recognizing that sometimes you need to put effort into getting out there and communicating with others. Make the first move! Say hello to someone you think may be cool. Ask questions. I learned recently that a lot of people are willing to talk, they are just scared to interact with others too. 

Guerilla Toss at Space Gallery. Photo Taken by the Author

I think the pandemic in general has really affected a lot of people’s social skills, I know it has affected mine. It seems that doing social activities is harder than it was before. Why are we so scared to talk to others? Sometimes, the best thing to do is to go about these situations from a Stoic mindset. What I mean by this is, when you are stressed out about interacting with other people, imagine the worst thing that could happen. The person probably won’t talk that long, or just walk away and then at that point, you probably won’t see them again! Once you recognize the fear, the idea of social interaction and being involved in a community or scene is not so much as taking a risk, but rather, it’s just another daily part of existence. Experience things, go live your life. Check out local music. Take a risk, have some fun. You never know what could happen. 

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